We have been wondering the same thing as well. So, we asked our Friend, Lindsay from Precision Pilates to help us out with this.
Both gain strength and flexibility.
Both utilize a mind body connection.
Both work lungs to fullest capacity.
Both are awesome.
Pilates began in the 1920’s by a man named, Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a non-impact exercise system that emphasizes alignment and body awareness. It sculpts muscles, increases flexibility, core strength and optimal posture. It has been rumored that, Joseph Pilates once practiced Yoga and from that he created a system called “Contrology.”
“Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of exercises you progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” ~Joseph Pilates
Yoga began over 5,000 years ago, and has evolved into various styles and traditions. It’s exact origin is uncertain, but has been a holistic practice deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture with a spiritual connection.
Postures and breathing exercises (pranayama) were created to move energy through the body so one could be calm enough to sit in meditation. The classes are balanced in the postures and counter postures bringing balance to the entire body and mind. Yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body, increase flexibility, and promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the body’s systems healthy and balanced.
Pilates uses Lateral Breathing, where the breathe is concentrated in the rib cage, and the breathe doesn’t travel down to the waist.
Yoga breathing expands the abdominal cavity with deep “belly breaths.” Yoga also incorporates several different kinds of breathing (pranayama) to balance, cleanse and energize the body.
There you have it. They are both awesome!
See for yourself through December 31st, 2014. Enjoy YOGA AND PILATES at Hagoyah and our friends, Precision Pilates for only $100 a month for unlimited classes.